Snooker - Robertson battles past Williams in Beijing

Defending champion Neil Robertson overcame a stubborn Mark Williams 5-4 to reach the last-16 of the China Open.

Snooker - Robertson battles past Williams in Beijing

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Neil Robertson

Runs of 34 and 86 in frame six opened up a 4-2 advantage for the Australian as he looked set to secure his spot in the next round.

However, Williams managed to grind out the next two frames to ensure the match went to a decider, but Robertson took the spoils courtesy of a break of 86.

"I was really happy to make that break in the last frame," said Robertson, who has been suffering from a viral infection.

"I am not 100 per cent healthy yet, but I'm still here. After my previous match I had no energy and I was just fortunate that I had a day off to recover.

"I just need to try and rest again and prepare as well as I can for my next match. I have shown my fighting qualities and that's what has got me through the first two rounds."

Robertson’s opponent in the last-16 will be China's Yu Delu, who beat James Wattana 5-1.

Former China Open champion Peter Ebdon beat Judd Trump 5-4 to join Robertson in the last-16.

In a tightly fought affair, fourth-seeded Trump had led 4-3 following runs of 33 and 23 in frame seven but 'The Ebdonator' took frame eight courtesy of breaks of 48 and 30 before a superb break of 86 in the decider sealed his progression.

"We both missed a few balls so perhaps the standard could have been a bit higher but I was very pleased with today's result," said Ebdon.

"I always looking forward to coming back to Beijing because I knew the conditions will suit me. It's important to be coming into form at this time of the year.”

Round two results

Craig Steadman 5-4 Martin O'Donnell 

Jamie O'Neill 5-2 Fergal O'Brien 

Mark King 5-3 Marco Fu 

Ding Junhui 5-3 Thepchaiya Un-Nooh 

Mark Selby 5-1 Nigel Bond 

Neil Robertson 5-4 Mark J Williams

Graeme Dott 5-4 Dave Harold

Allister Carter 5-2 Matthew Selt 

John Higgins 5-1 Michael White

Shaun Murphy 5-0 Dechawat Poomjaeng

Peter Ebdon 5-4 Judd Trump

Luca Brecel 5-1 Dominic Dale

Jimmy White 5-3 Alfie Burden 

Ricky Walden 5-3 Xiao Guodong 

Mike Dunn 5-3 Tian Pengfei 

Yu Delu 5-1 James Wattana

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